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Musicians Boycott North Carolina Over Bathroom Law

dateline: 18 May 2016

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • celebrity: a famous person
  • boycott: to refuse to attend, use, or buy as a form of protest
  • high-profile: well-known, powerful
  • controversial: causing a lot of debate
  • correspond: to match
  • LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
  • violate: to not respect a rule, law, or space
  • NBA: National Basketball Association (US)

Celebrities Boycott North Carolina Over Bathroom Law

Several high-profile , including Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, and Pearl Jam have canceled concerts in North Carolina recently to protest the state’s controversial new bathroom . The new state law (HB2) bans individuals from using public that do not correspond to their birth gender. Some companies and organizations, including PayPal and the NBA, have also taken to show support for the LGBT community. Earlier this month, the US Department of Justice filed a suit against the state, saying that the bill violates .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Bruce Springsteen recently do and why?
  2. Why does the report mention PayPal?
  3. What did the US Department of Justice do?

Discussion Questions: Do you agree with singer Elton John who called North Carolina’s bathroom bill “discriminatory” and “dangerous”? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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4 Comments on “Musicians Boycott North Carolina Over Bathroom Law”

  1. Mayor, John says:

    ATTENTION ENGLISHCLUB.COM!:…

    I believe you need to become familarized with, the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, by David Kaye, of the United Nations (but, when entering this just noted title under Google, be sure to preface the title with [Doc]!… adding the square brackets!)! I have also found it necessary to communicate my “concerns”, to both the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and OpenMedia! Your actions have been wholly objectionable!… and inexcusable! Your organization… on the other hand… may feel that your actions are defensible! But!… I can assure you, their not!

    Please!… no emails!

  2. John Mayor says:

    Dear Caitlyn Jenner!… wherever you are!… “O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!… How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!” “Who has known the mind of the Lord?… Or who has been His counselor?” [Romans 11: 33 and 34, Berean Literal Bible]
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    Caitlyn!… Kim Howe’s death was not in vain!… as she miraculously took the evil, and the campaigns aimed at you, and the transgendered, into eternity!
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    She… as you’ve you no doubt come to learn, was a caring soul!… and was a champion of the rights of God’s most vulnerable creatures! Please believe, that humanity… to her!… was of even greater importance, than the animals she so tirelessly defended!… and protected! Caitlyn!… whether she knew it, or not!… and whether you know it, or not!… she was to ease your transition!… and the transition of millions of transgendered souls! The debate!… YOUR debate!… and their debate!… was ended in her sudden parting! And a new one!– and a fruitful one!– had begun!… while the world was left tranfixed, on the enigma of Kim’s passing!
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    You know!… I know!… that you will never forget her!… and that you will always cherish, and champion her cause!… her “pet love”!… and her love of pets! And you!… whether you knew it– know it!– or not!… were destined!– are destined!– to carry on her legacy!… and to continue to care for those, without a voice! Whether for the transgendered… humanity!… or, for those for whom humanity, must now entreat!! Jesus loves you Caitlyn!… he really does!
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    Please!… no emails!

  3. John Mayor says:

    I’ll tell you this, religion is far more of a choice than homosexuality. And the protections we have for religion– we protect religion! And talk abut a lifestyle choice. That is absolutely a choice. Gay people don’t choose to be gay. At what age did you choose to not be gay? – Jon Stewart… to Presidential Hopeful, Mike Huckabee
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    Dear, wonderful, precious Jon Stewart!… wherever you are!… without whom– and along with Stephen Colbert!– Barack Obama might not have won the US Presidency!… at least!… as easily, as he did! Although… I must say!… Barack didn’t have much in the way of a contender! But!… what he faced… however!… was a confused, and frightened America! Thanks!… for the clarity!… and!… give my best!– our best!– to Stephen!
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    Nevertheless!… let me respond to your offering to Mike Huckabee! And despite never having met him… or having been a part of his politics!
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    Jon!… Dear Jon!… YES!… Mike– IN PART!– was genetically sexually oriented to be straight! However!… you’re missing part of the equation here!… and that is, the impact of NURTURE-BASED development!
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    Jon!… if everything was merely based upon genetics, then YOUR REPLY to Mike!… and, MY REPLY to you!… here!… now!… is/ are nothing more than the manifestation of a biologically predetermined event, or series of events (i.e., “BIOLOGICAL FATE”!)! But!… this IS NOT the DEFINITIVE ANSWER to our respective sexual orientations! We are more than just a fateful epiphenomnon of molecular arrangements! We have CHOICE!… COGNITIVE PLASTICITY! And as the expression goes!… the “I” that is ME!… and YOU!… is/ are more than just the sum of the parts, of fateful genetic predetermination!
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    Nonetheless!… both our genetics, and our nurture, are elements in our individual developments!… BY DEGREE! That is to say, are individually unique!… and weighted more so on the side of genetics for some!… and for others, more so on the side of nurture! BUT!… LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE!… BOTH GENETICS, AND NURTURE, PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN OUR RESPECTIVE DEVELOPMENTS!
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    And our genetics and nurture are further impacted by our environments!… both informational environments, and physical environments! From natural physical perturbations, to man-made physical perturbations (e.g., and re the latter!… like lead in paint eaten by children from bedroom walls, and drunk from the water in the pipes in Minnesota!… to the BPA in the lining of cans used for storing food!)… from natural informational perturbations, to man-made informational perturbations (e.g., and re the latter!… like “advertising lead” eaten by children from bedroom TVs, and in the “internet pipes” in Cyberspace!… to the BP stories lining the cans used for discarding food!)!
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    And so… and to conclude… to be genetically programmed to be transgendered (i.e., physically predisposed to a hybrid sexual orientation!), is a REAL human biological manifestation! However!… and as you’ve NO DOUBT learned over the years!… natural and man-made physical perturbations, and natural and man-made informational perturbations, have added to our “genetic-wiring” to further compound our respective developments! And it is a composite arrangement of all of these features, that make up a YOU!… and a ME!
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    And!… at the end of the day!… AND SURELY!… we would want to know– SHOULD, WANT TO KNOW!– what OTHER FACTORS have been at/ in play, that have made us who we are! And!… if certain of those factors– e.g., child abuse (an example of a man-made “informational perturbation!)!– has set the stage for our sexual orientation, then we would/ should want to effect the “information treatment” of the factor, or factors, that have PREEMPTED our NATURAL CHOICE!… AND COURSE!
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    All the best!… to you, and yours!… and to our BELOVED transgendered communities!… and… to our BELOVED gays, lesbians, thesBIANS and thesGAYNS!
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    Please!… no emails!

  4. atina says:

    Musicions are LGBT mostly.What about others?

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